Marouane Fellaini struggled to pose much of a goal threat as United's lone striker. Compare his heat map (right) khổng lồ Wayne Rooney's in the defeat lớn Swansea và you can see how Rooney's presence is missed.

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Pressure mounting on Rodgers?

It seems ludicrous to lớn talk in such terms after only five league games but Liverpool's promising start has been overshadowed by two poor performances in defeat against West tê mê United & now Manchester United.

Even in times of struggle under manager Brendan Rodgers, his teams have been characterised by a boldness & determination lớn attack and be creative.

Here Liverpool effectively stood behind the door, timid & barely making a tackle of any meaning, until Blind put United ahead early in the second half.

It was all a far cry from March năm trước when Liverpool came here with Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge & Steven Gerrard in their line-up & blew United away 3-0, before almost winning the title.

Tough start hurting Liverpool

Rodgers knew he had lớn make a fast start after being handed the backing of owners Fenway Sports Group this summer following such a poor season last time out - & in his defence, the fixture list has not been his friend by handing Liverpool a tough early schedule.

He was also without influential figures here, such as captain Jordan Henderson và the suspended Philippe Coutinho, while also attempting khổng lồ bed new signings into his team.

Van Gaal impressed by Martial impact

Christian Benteke showed his quality at £32.5m but Roberto Firmino, a £29m capture from Hoffenheim, has yet lớn come anywhere near the pace of the Premier League.

Sadly for Rodgers, he was always going lớn be under close scrutiny & a glance at social media throughout the trò chơi saw plenty of Liverpool fans making reference to the currently unemployed former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.

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Surely five league games in is too soon for owners lớn start thinking about pulling the plug on a manager they supported heavily in the transfer market this summer - but the pressure to get results is clear with the Anfield club without a victory in three, having won their opening two games.

David De Gea shows his class

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea got a predictably rapturous reception as he made his first appearance of the season after signing a new four-year contract following the breakdown of his proposed move khổng lồ Real Madrid.

And he showed his class with crucial saves from Danny Ings and Jordon Ibe, although one piece of misplaced footwork almost caused problems for United. De Gea gives United real presence, chất lượng and a formidable barrier in goal.

This has been a good over to the week for United & Van Gaal. They have one of the world's best keepers back and a victory over Liverpool is never bad for Old Trafford morale.

Man of the match: Daley Blind

Blind was effective at both ends, showing composure on the ball in defence and then, with the trò chơi needing a spark, flashed in a superb finish from a well worked free-kick routine with Juan Mata lớn set Manchester United on the path khổng lồ victory.

Post match reaction

Manchester United United trùm cuối Louis Van Gaal: When you make a goal like Anthony you cannot wish for more, I think. A lot of players have made a debut và scored with me so it's a good signal.

"We played better in the first half. We had far more control, but we didn't create much, that is why I changed Memphis - lớn improve that last pass."

Liverpool need a lot of work - Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "I thought in the first half we defended well but had nowhere near enough quality and composure on the ball.

"We were disappointed with a couple of the goals. I never thought the không tính tiền kick was a không lấy phí kick. Penalty, I think Herrera has done well, young Joe Gomez will learn he has to lớn stay on his feet."

The stats you need to know

Manchester United have lost just one of their previous 11 leagues games at Old Trafford.Liverpool have only won one of their last eight away games in the Premier League.De Gea has not kept a clean sheet in any of his last eight full 90-minute appearances in the Premier League.Mata has scored or assisted three of the four normal Premier League goals United have scored this season.Martial scored with his first ever shot in the Premier League.Benteke has scored in his last three Premier League appearances against Manchester United, but has lost two & drawn one of those three games.Liverpool & Manchester United are the only Premier League sides to lớn play today và not lớn hit a shot on target in the first half.

What next?

Manchester United travel lớn PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League group stages on Tuesday, while Liverpool travel khổng lồ Bordeaux in the Europa League on Thursday.